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Church of Scientology

Other Main Names:

  • Scientology
  • Dianetics
  • L Ron Hubbard (1911-1986, founder, sci-fi author)
  • David Miscavige (born 30 April 1960, present leader)

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Founder | Members | Former Members | The Court | Treatment of Children


"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."

"The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway ... will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decrease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly."

"It is a terrible hypocrisy for them to say we hurt people. Anyone who has 'suffered' at our hands is still free, well and able to complain." [Oh yeah? See and make up your own mind.]

L Ron Hubbard.

Detractors "May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist ... May be tricked, sued, or lied to or destroyed."

- A 1967 Hubbard policy letter.


"It [Scientology] just contains the secrets of the universe. That may be hard for people to handle sometimes, hearing that."

- John Travolta (actor).

"It's not hocus-pocus ... If you can erase engrams, then you can get better."

- Kirsty Alley (ditto).

"I'm on OT VII now."

"The more successful I became, the more suppression I bumped into ... especially in the entertainment industry, which really is home to rabid suppression"

"I don't have time as a leader, as an OT and as an artist to be suppressed."

- Jenna Elfman (ditto), 2005.

Former Members

"This is a criminal organization, day in and day out. It makes Jim and Tammy [Bakker] look like kindergarten."

- Vicki Aznaran, one of Scientology's six key leaders in the United States until she bolted from the cult in 1987.

The Court

"When a person is subjected to coercive persuasion [as in Scientology] without his knowledge or consent ... [he may] develop serious and sometimes irreversible physical and psychiatric disorders, up to and including schizophrenia, self-mutilation, and suicide."

- California Supreme Court, in United States v. Lee 455 U.S. 252,257,258 (1982).

"Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill... [Scientology is] the world's largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy."

- Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

"Evidentiary fact: The Church of Scientology is currently engaged in a nationwide conspiracy to impede and obstruct municipal, state and federal taxing authorities, by adopting a religious and charitable guise to avoid payment of taxes."

"Scientology has nothing to do with religion. The Church did not adopt the religious guise until it was necessary to seek First Amendment protection (Vol.4 p.405)."

- Commissioners of the City of Clearwater, Florida, public hearings, May 5-10, 1982. (The Commission received documentary and testimonial evidence with respect to the operation, activities and conduct of Scientology. The above quote was a factual recitation based upon the sworn testimony of witnesses, affidavits, state and federal court decisions, and miscellaneous documents reviewed and considered.)

Treatment of Children

The aim of Scientology is to "Train the child to be either a willing subject of tyranny or to be a tyrant himself."

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Clark.

Scientology's books "violate everything we know about how children learn, and appropriate pedagogy, ... In short, these books should be carefully placed in the cylindrical file."

Johanna Lemlech, a professor of education at USC specializing in curriculum and teaching.

"In my opinion, they are involved in the worst kind of deception. They make grandiose claims about the effectiveness of their methods and materials ... with data that has never been published in a legitimate educational research journal."

Scot Danforth - oversees teacher education for the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

"He put this 4? year old little boy - Derek Greene - into the chain locker for two days and two nights. It's a closed metal container, it's wet, it's full of water and seaweed, it smells bad. But Derek was sitting up, on the chain, in this place, on his own, in the dark, for two days and two nights... That is sheer, total brutality. That is child abuse."

Hana Eltringham.

"Last December 18th Hubbard was fined $50 by Municipal Judge Kenneth Holaday for leaving the baby [his daughter Alexis] unattended in his automobile while he delivered a lecture. A 10-day jail term was suspended."

Los Angeles Examiner, February 26, 1951.

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